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Schoolgirl sent home for wearing fake eyelashes

PUBLISHED: 10:26 31 January 2018

Paisleigh Martin was removed from class at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy for wearing fake eyelashes. Picture: Lee Martin

Paisleigh Martin was removed from class at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy for wearing fake eyelashes. Picture: Lee Martin

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A teenage girl has been sent home from school for wearing fake eyelashes.

Paisleigh Martin was removed from class at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy for wearing fake eyelashes. Picture: Lee Martin Paisleigh Martin was removed from class at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy for wearing fake eyelashes. Picture: Lee Martin

Paisleigh Martin, 13, was told to go to isolation on Tuesday as her fake eyelashes were deemed to be in breach of the school uniform code.

The vice principal of Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Gorleston called her father Lee Martin, who said he didn’t want his daughter sent to isolation as it would prevent her from doing any work.

The vice principal said Paisleigh must go to isolation or be collected and taken home, but Mr Martin was unable to collect her.

Subsequently, Paisleigh, from Lowestoft, spent the day stood outside the classroom until her mother picked her up at around 2pm.

Mr Martin said the school’s decision to take his daughter out of the classroom was “ridiculous”.

He said: “The fake eyelashes are not preventing her or anybody else from learning. All the girls in the bands they like are wearing them and Paisleigh wanted the same, so she paid for them with her own pocket money.

“She wanted fake nails but we saw they weren’t allowed, so she got fake eye lashes instead.

“They weren’t happy when she came in with them last week and now they’ve got together with the school governors and updated the rules.

“I think it’s ridiculous they are stopping her from being educated over this.”

But Cliff Park Ormiston Academy has insisted that the uniform policy was published in September last year and has not been modified since.

A school spokesperson said: “Our academy has very high standards and these are reflected in all parts of school life, from exam results to school uniform. We make no apologies for that. Our uniform policy is crystal clear and states that ‘only discreet/natural make-up is allowed’.

“There are 865 students at the academy and we are very proud that the vast majority of them – and their parents – support the policy, and are extremely well-presented at all times.

“We do not consider students with false eyelashes to be adhering to the policy and so have had to step in on this occasion, but we never take such decisions lightly.”

The fake eyelashes are glued in and will fall out naturally after two weeks and Mr Martin said she would be keeping them in until then.

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